Ganja smugglers now move from national highways to rural roads in Odisha | Bhubaneswar News

BERHAMPUR: With authorities cracking down on ganja smugglers transporting the contraband on national highways in Ganjam, Gajapati and Kandhamal districts, the smugglers have changed their modus operandi. They are using rural roads to transport ganja.
This fact came to light when police seized over 3,000 kg of cannabis loaded in three vehicles, including two mini trucks, near Badagada two days ago. It was being transported from Gajapati’s Adava area. Similarly, police also seized around 100 kg from G Rambha under Bhanjanagar being transported from Kandhamal district to Bhubaneswar via Ganjam.
In both cases, the narcotic was being transported through the forest on rural roads to avoid detection by police or excise personnel. Earlier, the smugglers preferred to transport it on national highways. “They used to ferry it on the national highway because they felt it was very difficult for enforcement agencies to nab them as thousands of vehicles ply on the NH,” said a senior police officer. “Now we are keeping an eye on rural and forest areas to crack down on ganja smugglers,” said superintendent of police (Ganjam) Brijesh Rai.
He said inspector in charges of police stations, particularly Badagada, Sorada, Patapur and Sheragada, have been instructed to keep watch on the transportation of ganja from Gajapati and Kandhamal districts. Though Ganjam is not a ganja-growing district, Berhampur is a major transit point.
During the current year, police seized huge quantities of ganja transported to different destinations on NH-16 and NH-59 passing through the district. While the directorate of revenue intelligence (DRI), Bhubaneswar, seized around 989 kg of cannabis from an onion-laden truck on Odisha-Andhra Pradesh border near Berhampur in NH-16 in the first week of this month, police cracked down on smugglers transporting 974 kg of ganja hidden under a ragi bags in a truck near Golagandapalli on NH-16 under Rambha police station limits.
Similarly in March, police seized over 600 kg of ganja near Chhatrapur on NH-16 with the help of Andhra Pradesh police. In February, they seized around 800 kg ganja near Gangapur on Bhanjanagar-Aska road, sources said. In Gajapati district, they seized 510 kg of ganja near Chheligad in July and around 500 kg ganja in March near Adava.

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